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Check out this site these folks have a data base of 400 tested air-coolers

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
I find that site questionable. The Noctua C14 should not beat the D14. The Silver Arrow is also missing from that list.
    
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I find that site questionable. The Noctua C14 should not beat the D14. The Silver Arrow is also missing from that list.


Maybe you should take a closer look at their site it's pretty comprehensive and professional in fact the Silver Arrow places very high the list of several hundred reviews only a few degrees behind the Spire TherMax Eclispe II. When it comes down to it the difference between the higher-end coolers comes down to a couple of degrees and decibals. With that being said aesthetics play a bigger and bigger role in any final choice. I would not buy a Noctua fan for $25 because I simply do not like to look at it.
    
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212+ and Frio are downgrades from your H50.
 
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I have a Spire TherMax Eclipse II. It's a bit noisy but it's definitely the best thing I've ever bought. It droped my temps around 28ºC - 32ºC from stock
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post #25 of 49
I switched back to air from an H50 too.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...h50-rx120.html
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Forgot to say: it's dead gorgeous
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I have a Spire TherMax Eclipse II. It's a bit noisy but it's definitely the best thing I've ever bought. It droped my temps around 28ºC - 32ºC from stock

Awesome to hear! Mine is en route and maybe after awhile we can start an appreciation thread for just the 2 of us
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post #28 of 49
Since you're getting rid of it...


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So I lapped my H50 last night. Here's some pics of the process:

From the moment I checked the base with a metal ruler and began lapping, it was pretty obvious the base was pretty concave. If I would stick the CPU to the base manually, the suction was pretty good. However once mounted on the mobo, it's like they barely stuck to each other at all.

This is after a few rotations at 800 grit. The X hasn't faded at all in the center.


After 800 grit


After 1200 grit


After 1500 grit



If I had some 2000 grit paper handy, then I could've gotten a better finish. But it's flat as can be now, which is what matters anyway.


Check how the TIM was spreading before I lapped it.


Just some pics of the mess



I also switched to using the LGA775 mounting holes as an experiment to see whether it would give me better pressure than the LGA1366 holes.

And now for temps!

Before: 52-56c idle, 80-85c load
Now: 44-50c idle, 74-77c load

If those seem high to you, it's because my ambients never go below 30c where I live. But that's good enough for me considering where I was before.

Try lapping your H50, see how much better temps you get with it.
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Since you're getting rid of it...





Try lapping your H50, see how much better temps you get with it.

I will give the new owner that option I am moving on and not looking back! Fair wind and following seas Corsair H50!
    
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I will give the new owner that option I am moving on and not looking back! Fair wind and following seas Corsair H50!
Just to prove a point however, I'd like you to take a picture of your base with an otherwise flat object. :>
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